We have a coconut to pick with Nedu of Wazobia FM

Maybe you haven’t heard, but Nigerian Instagram comedians seem to believe that if you haven’t worn an ill-fitting wig, slathered on some badly applied makeup (if you’re going to apply makeup, bitch you better make sure you’re on fuhleek,) and perpetuated some stereotypes about women, you’re not ready to do comedy?
Don’t believe me? Let’s go a hunting.

 

1. Aphrican Ape

??????? cooking with your mother in law ????

A video posted by Dami Olatunde AKA AphricanApe (@aphricanape06) on

 

2. Twyse_116


3. Crazeclown

??? How girls be on SNAPCHAT with this Dog filter ?? My snapchat- craze_clown #drcraze #DrCraze #TheGoodTheMadAndTheFunny

A video posted by Doctor Craze ✅ VERIFIED (@crazeclown) on

4. The Fox Himself

Top marks for the ‘field slave’ accent at the end.

5. Oluwakaponeski

Notice how the comedians who do this are all men?

GURRRRRLLLL

GURRRRRLLLL

We shall not talk about how the majority of these skits are desperately unfunny, or how little effort these people actually put into their craft, or even the underlying perpetuation of stereotypes that these ‘comedy’ skits promote. Because seriously…

Sweet Brown

 What does concern me is when people who should know better get in on the action.

A 'Instagrant' boy in the wild

A wild ‘Instagrant’ honey appears

You might not know Chinedu Emmanuel (I didn’t either,) from his radio shows on Wazobia FM, but you’ll know him for his new side gig as an Instagram comedian. His comedic alterego ‘Nkechi’ is supposed to be a caricature of a judgemental, illiterate, Brazilian wig wearing, retired runs girl,- because you know, Nollywood has told us this is how they talk- who speaks on several topics.

Mayhem and foolishness up ahead

Mayhem and foolishness up ahead

Granted, a number of the situations he chooses to address are quite interesting, and he has the accent and mannerisms he is trying to portray down to a science.

But we’re tempted to ask, is what he’s doing really comedy?

Cos it seems to us like an excuse to share his more controversial views on other people’s private lives without being seen as judgemental, or labelled a gossip. You know, considering his posts are usually targeted at ‘Instagrant girls’, whatever that means.

Would have sworn that every girl who uses Instagram to share her pictures is an ‘Instagrant’ girl, but I don’t have an Nkechi alter-ego, so what do I really know?

But that one is not even my business.

The one that lit a fire under my ass is the fact that Oga Nedu is here casually endorsing a number of ridiculous opinions that eventually lead to the exploitation of women through vile acts like rape and sexual assault.

Take this glowing example.


Since when did buying something for a woman guarantee you her vagina? Did she force your hand or hold a gun to your head?

Nene leakes side eye
Then there is this one…

When did a woman telling a man ‘No’ ever stop him from continuing to ‘toast’ her?

Do you know how many women have been killed because they said ‘No’?

Would it kill you to use your Google?

Time to knock a bitch out

Time to knock a bitch out

Then this.


You know, because domestic violence, abuse and gaslighting is just a simple matter of waking up and leaving. You know, because we haven’t heard so many stories of women being forced back into abusive marriages. You know, comedy>>>>people’s lives.

Help me lord.

Help me lord.


Women get shamed for everything, even for watching television. You know, if you watch television and your husband cheats on you  with an ‘Instagrant’ girl, it is all your fault.

I cant unsten

I cant unsten

I could go on and on, but it’s all too demoralizing.
The moral of the epistle according to Nedu of Wazobia FM is,  you will be shamed for every and anything you do. If you’re an ‘Instagrant’ girl, you will get shamed, if you’re a wife who stays home and watches television instead of Quilox chilling, you will get shamed. By a man in a bad wig no less.

S.T.F.U

Nedu, S.T.F.U

I would like to finish this by affirming this often ignored truth:

It is possible to be a comedian without making women the brunt of your jokes. That might require you actually using your brains and doing some writing (an Instagram comedian’s kryptonite), but it is possible.

Believe me, it is.

Semira Bello is lacking in conscience and lives her life on Youtube. When she isn’t watching Iroko TV, she is writing ‘serious’ articles about fashion and pretending to apply make up. 

 

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  • Nimmir says:

    From what I saw, Nkechi is a stereotype. An unfunny one, yes, but still. It’s light-hearted fun, and shouldn’t be judged too seriously. You can’t expect a stereotypical embodiment of Nollywood’s runs girl to come and start talking rocket science and world politics, do you?
    Hmmm. This may not be a bad idea though. I could call it-breaking the mould.?????
    Some of the other comedians do work hard though, don’t write twyse_116 off. Have you seen the range and depth of his characters?

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